Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

raganella {hearts} owl & thistle

January 19, 2012

I love the way people connect in this city. You never know who you’re going to meet and where it will lead. A fewmonths ago I found myself on Franklin Ave in Crown Heights. I noticed this sweet little shop called Owl & Thistle and felt compelled to check it out. Upon entering, I knew this was a place after my own heart, with its totally sweet selection of locally sourced goods. I struck up a conversation with the lovely proprietor, Keri, and eventually mentioned my li’l line of products. Not thinking much of it, I went on my merry way. Then just recently I got an email from Keri. She wanted to try out some of the goods. One thing led to another and…

I’m very happy to announce that Raganella’s Botanical Solutions are now available at the Owl & Thistle General Store in Crown Heights! You can find the extremely luscious favorite Sweet Orange & Vanilla Face & Body Cream and our super soothing Sunflower, Comfrey & Lavender Facial Scrub, along with an amazingly curated selection of Brooklyn-made favorites, like McClure’s Pickles (& chips!), Brewklyn Grind Coffee, and Granola Lab Granola, plus a whole lot of great stuff that’s not edible like clothing, jewelry, toys, and stationery.

Owl & Thistle General Store
720 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn NY 11238

STORE HOURS
Wednesday & Thursday:
12:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday & Saturday:
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday:
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

DIRECTIONS:

Franklin Ave. stop on the
2, 3, 4, 5, or C trains or the
Shuttle.

crafted at the canal – my last holiday fair of the year!

December 11, 2011

Wow, I’m still recovering from yesterday’s super successful Holiday Market at PS321 in Park Slope. It was an amazingly well-put-together fair and the crowds were enthusiastic about all of the great offerings from crafters (like me). What I love about fairs like the PS321 Holiday Market are the people I get to meet and introduce to Raganella’s Botanical Solutions. And speaking of great people I like to meet…

So I’ve got one more fair this year, and I’m really excited about it. It’s being put on by Build It Green! (BIG!) NYC and Sustainable NYC, at the new BIG! location on 9th Street near the Gowanus (a perfect location for them IMHO; scroll to the bottom for more info). What I’m most psyched about is the people – the trash crafters and upcyclers – I’ll be in the company of that day. Here are just a few of the amazing artists & designers who will be there selling their goods:

Christian Rathbone (fine rugs)

Second Souls (sculpture)

Bespoke Glass Tiles

 

 

Wilder Alison (fabric art)

Recycle-a-Bicycle

Rebutton Studios

and so many more. I’ll have my teas, herbal extracts, and body care goods for sale, as well as some special holiday deals. Come on out and get some one-of-a-kind gifts for your loves, and yourself!

Crafted at the Canal
A Holiday Reuse Craft Fair

Saturday & Sunday (I’ll be there on Saturday)
December 17 & 18
10am to 5pm
Build it Green! NYC (new location)
69 9th St, BK

could you, would you, should you? yes! the PS321 holiday fair

December 5, 2011

If you live anywhere near Park Slope, Brooklyn, you know PS321. It’s that big school on 7th Avenue between 1st & 2nd Streets where kids are often spotted screaming with delight in the playground, or where the flea market is set up on the weekend. While that flea market can offer some sweet finds, the holiday fair put on by the school this year ain’t your grandmama’s flea. They’re calling it Stuff You Should Buy. A well curated collection of wares will be available – gorgeous baubles from Hecho en Brooklyn and Up Studio, creative terraria dioramas from Twig, adorable kids’ clothes from Overall Baby and Muny, and so much more. I’d say I’m in good company.

Saturday, December 10
10am to 5pm
Stuff You Should Buy
The new Holiday Shop at PS321
180 7th Ave, Brooklyn
(btwn 1st & 2nd Sts)

friends of friends & friends of animals: it’s a double holiday trouble weekend!

December 1, 2011

Hurray for Holiday Fairs! One of the most fun ways to sell my wares is out on the street with the people. I get to hang out with other craftspeople, represent my goods, and see the looks on folks’ faces when I tell them to sniff the sweet coffee body polisher or sip on the red bush spice tea.

This weekend, I’ve got a double header. Starting with the Brooklyn Friends School Holiday Fair and wrapping up with the super fun Vegan Shop-up, Holiday Edition. I hope you’ll come out to say hello, sniff some samples, and get a taste of tea.

Saturday, December 3
10:30am to 5pm
Brooklyn Friends School Holiday Craft Fair 
375 Pearl St, Brooklyn

I’m really grateful for Annie Bruce of Brooklyn Owl for bringing this one to my attention. BFS has been putting on this event for many years now and I have a feeling it’ll be a sweet family affair. Proceeds benefit Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School, an academic enrichment program benefiting downtown Brooklyn public school children.

I’ll have a wide range of body care products (think: delicious smelling body scrubs, delicate facial scrubs, and yummy creams), plus some herbal concoctions to help you stay healthy this winter. If you happen to be in downtown Brooklyn or Brooklyn Heights, stop by & say hi to Annie and me (we’re sharing a table) – and bring the kids if you’ve got ’em.

Sunday, December 4
12pm to 5pm
Vegan Holiday Shop-up!
@ Pine Box Rock Shop
Bushwick, Brooklyn
(off the Morgan Ave L)

Where else can you sip on delectable bloody marys that are more like a meal than a drink, snack on the tastiest vegan treats (like Brooklyn Hummus – super yummus!), and hang out with some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet? (Like Sarah of Woodside Bakehouse and Tara of Meow Meow Tweet!). It is guaranteed to be a rockin’ time at the Pine Box Rock Shop. I’ll have an array of goodies, like healing herbal extracts, tasty tea blends, and mouthwash. Come on out and channel your inner vegan (even if you aren’t one!)

the holiday avalanche is coming!

November 17, 2011

Whoa, mama. I’ve got a busy month ahead of me. Starting this week actually. This is my first holiday season with Raganella’s Botanical Solutions and I’m doing the local craft fair circuit. So please forgive me if I have a hard time keeping up with you, my dear friends. My weekends will be dedicated to fairs (plus a workshop), but I hope to squeeze in time for holiday fun time somehow. Here’s the schedge:

Saturday, November 19
10am to 5pm
Park Slope Holiday Craft Fair
(to benefit Park Slope Collegiate students)
@ John Jay
237 7th Ave, Brooklyn
(btwn 4th & 5th Sts)

 

Sunday, November 27
2pm to 4pm
Create Your Own Body Care (workshop)
Homemade goods make the best gifts
Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn
$15 materials fee, $5 to $15 sliding scale instructor’s fee
email or call to RSVP: 718.940.9343, rsvp@thirdroot.org

Saturday, December 3
10:30am to 5pm
Brooklyn Friends School Holiday Craft Fair 
375 Pearl St, Brooklyn
(I’ll be sharing a table with Annie from Brooklyn Owl)

 

Sunday, December 4
12pm to 5pm
Vegan Holiday Shop-up!
@ Pine Box Rock Shop
Bushwick, Brooklyn
(off the Morgan Ave L)

 

Saturday, December 10
10am to 5pm
Stuff You Should Buy
The new Holiday Shop at PS321
180 7th Ave, Brooklyn
(btwn 1st & 2nd Sts)

 

Saturday, December 17
10am to 5pm
Crafted at the Canal
Build It Green! NYC
69 9th St, Brooklyn
(F,G,R to 4th Ave/9th St)

 

That should do it.

Hope to see you at one (or more) of these fine events!

PS. If you can’t make it to any of these fairs, you can find Raganella’s Botanical Solutions online at Etsy or locally at Shambhala Yoga & Dance CenterSun In Bloom Kitchen, or Sustainable NYC.

park slope holiday fair this saturday!

November 16, 2011

I don’t know where my head is… I forgot to tell you all about this Saturday’s craft fair at the John Jay Building in Park Slope. I’ll be there selling my body care goods and some herbal delectables (like teas & extracts). The folks running this thing are old school and don’t have a website (or any online presence, for that matter), so I’m going to give you all of the details.

Park Slope Holiday Craft Fairs*
(to benefit Park Slope Collegiate students)
@ John Jay
237 7th Ave, Brooklyn
(btwn 4th & 5th Sts)

Saturday, November 19
10 am – 5 pm

Support local artisans and get a head start on holiday shopping. Come try out my body scrubs (coffee, yum!), creams, and more. I’ll have some teas to taste as well. And my table partner in an upcoming fair will also be there with her adorable felt hair clips, Annie from Brooklyn Owl.

Hope to see you there!

reminder: crafts in chelsea, october 15

October 3, 2011

The Annual Fall Crafts in Chelsea Festival put on by Brooklyn Craft Central is less than 2 weeks away! I’ll be tabling with none other than Erica Rothchild of Pumpkin & Honey Bunny (and P&H Soda Co.). A wide range of Raganella’s Botanical Solutions will be on sale, including herbal remedies, body care goods & cleaning solutions. I’m really looking forward to being part of this great local event. More details below…

The Annual Fall Crafts in Chelsea Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2011
West 21st St. between 8th and 9th Aves.
10:00am – 5:00pm.  Rain or Shine.

Benefits PS11’s amazing arts programs.

All info: http://BKCraftCentral.com

 

vegan shop-up, sunday, october 23

September 30, 2011

Come on out to the Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick for a wonderful assortment of local, vegan goodies & crafts on Sunday, October 23! I’ll be there selling herbal extracts, teas, dental care goods & more.

Details below (and follow this link to see who else will be there – yippee!!!)

Vegan Shop-up
at Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn
(Off the Morgan L)

Sunday, October 23
noon to 5pm

august abundance

August 19, 2009

I recently started a habit of popping over to Union Square Farmers Market midweek after witnessing the great abundance on a whim a couple weeks back. I’ve been missing out on my own little neighborhood market lately because it’s held on Saturday’s (at Grand Army Plaza), which is the day I learn the wonders of permaculture.

The abundance of food and sunshine at Union Square is often overwhelming. Today I tried to take it slow by scanning the whole shebang to compare goods before making any hard and fast decisions. Here’s what I came up with:


Escarole, dandelion, frisee, black & purple peppers, eggs, chanterelles, husk tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, and a loaf of hazelnut sweet rye sourdough bread

Psst, thanks to Alison for inspiring this post, here’s the bounty she brought home from the market:


(If you couldn’t tell, Alison has a thing for peppers)

Subsequently, my sweetheart sent over these two videos from The Atlantic’s new From Farm to Table series (not to be confused with Zach Cohen’s Farm to Table blog & show). These really make farming look romantic (& the yield delicious). They also give us a sense of distinction between ‘real’ food and the stuff you’ll find at the supermarket which has been picked many days (or weeks) ago and shipped many miles to get to your plate.

And then to round it all out, an article from, once again, The Atlantic about how ‘organic’ has grown too big for its britches. Here, I’d like to point out that the author is talking about big organic vs small scale locally distributed organic like you’d find at the farmers market.

Find a farmers market near you!

nothing over $30 sale at the greenloop

June 13, 2009

You read that right. The Nothing Over $30 sale is on at the Greenloop, online eco-boutique. What better time to introduce some low-impact, high-style items into your wardrobe?

You can get adorable duds like this Stewart & Brown organic cotton dress for only $29.99! (it was $138)

Or this sweet fair trade organic cotton Loomstate tee for just $19.99! (it was $60)

Greenloop was recently named best online eco-boutique in Treehugger’s Best in Green Awards.